It was the end of my junior year of high school and I was feeling lost. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do after high school and there was a lot of pressure from family to figure it out and get things together. I got a job at the local record store for the summer and on a whim bought the first CD. I fell in love and it made me look closer at the country music of my childhood, that I secretly still loved but never wanted to admit to liking. It also made me think about music as some sort of career, production specifically. So I started looking at schools in and around Nashville. On the drive out to see these schools I listened to nothing but Nickel Creek and it really made the trip for me. “When You Come Back Down”, still makes me think of highways in Tennessee.
I got back to Colorado and the first week of my senior year "This Side" came out. I skipped class and bought it right when the record store opened. By this time I had made my decision that I would be doing something with music and I would be somewhere in Tennessee. I fell in love with "This Side" almost as much as "Nickel Creek" and the day after my 17th birthday I saw them live.
To this day it is one of the best shows I have ever seen and after word I got to meet them. Before I could even say anything to Sara I broke down crying, trying to explain how much their music helped me in such a difficult time in my life. She gave me a hug and signed my poster with good luck in Nashville. Sean was super nice, but as we all know isn’t much of a talker. Chris and I discussed Wilco and how we each feel in love with them. His involved a hotel room in Dublin and a few pints of Guinness. I floated home that night and it solidified my status as super freak fan.
In December that same year I got to see one of the first Mike/ Chris shows, it was right before Christmas and the did a versions of silent night, I was in the second row and Chris was right in front of me singing his heart out. I cried again. After the show I meet them and got pictures, one of the greatest Christmas gifts ever.
I could go on and list how I made all of my friends fall in love and now every time there is a show we make tee shirts and have pick-nicks before hand and my growing collection of autographs. But that’s not why I love Nickel Creek. I love them because they touch a place in my heart that very few things do. So much so that I am planning on getting the “This Side” crown tattooed (small, tasteful) As for Tennessee and the music production it evolved into music history. I do plan to live in Tennessee but first I want to get my PhD in Country Music History I would like to be an archivist or historian for either The Hall of Fame, The Opry, or a record company in Nashville. I know this may seem like it has nothing to do with Nickel Creek but studying them and finding in them the things I love about country music has made me want to understand the history of it and to make others see that it is more than just broken trucks and 10 gallon hats it is a culture unto its self that very few people appreciate it. Nickel Creek helped me to find my focus, sure I could have found it on my own but I don’t think it would have been nearly as enjoyable.